Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline

dontgoGenre: Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Publication Date: April 2013

Mike Scanlon is an army doctor serving in Afghanistan. He knows about the risks he faces every day and the very real possibility that he won’t make it back home to his wife and baby daughter. However, he never expected to receive the news that his wife bled to death in their suburban home.

Devastated and feeling like he failed Chloe, Mike returns to the States long enough to bury his wife and make living arrangements for Emily while he completes his tour of duty. What he finds leads him to believe there is more to Chloe’s death that just a household accident. It isn’t long before secrets surface and Mike finds his life spinning out of control.

Lisa Scottolines’ Don’t Go is set in two countries—Afghanistan and the United States. I developed really mixed feeling as I read this novel. The scenes that take place in Afghanistan are gripping, heart-wrenching, and emotional. They offer a small glimpse into the lives and struggles of the men and women who serve in the military, and I often found myself choking up.

On the flip side, I felt annoyed throughout most of the parts that took place in the US. I couldn’t empathize with any of the characters. Their propensity to making one horrible decision after another irritated me. I’m not just referring to Mike, who completely falls off the band wagon. At least in his case, he’s lived through the loss of his wife and experienced the tragedy of war, which is enough to mess anyone up. It was everyone else as well — Mike’s sister-in-law and her husband, the doctors from his old practice, the Scanlon’s old neighbors. I can’t share specific choices they made without giving away major spoilers, but they handled things horribly and made bad situations worse with their actions.

Don’t Go is okay for a one-time read. For the most part, the story moves along at a comfortable pace. The ending came together a bit too fast, almost as though the author rushed to tie everything up into a nice little bow. Sadly, this made the happy conclusion unbelievable and unrealistic. Due to mature themes, I strongly recommend this novel remain within its target audience. This book is not appropriate for young readers.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.


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